I’m not really going to make you guess: it was Chris Brogan. And we ate oysters and gnocchi and risotto Parmesan fried stuff and beets and pistachios and shiitakes. We finished it all off with Pot de Chocolat. And as good as all of that was, the conversation was even better.
Not because he’s ‘Chris Brogan’ or a New York Times bestselling author or a blogging hero. But because he’s just a good guy – smart, funny, interested, interesting, genuine, gracious. Looks you in the eye.
This was my second dinner with him, so I knew it already, but this trip really solidified it – because he came all the way to our little island to talk for 90 minutes and sign books for the MV Women’s Network. Which, to be perfectly honest, is like having Matt Lauer deliver the news on your local cable access station. And he did it with grace and respect and curiosity and kindness.
In the end, Chris is very much like he is on his blog. I dare say his Trust Agency and his success depend on it. I’m guessing his sanity does too. I know mine does – I can’t imagine the schizophrenia of being me #1 here and me #2 there. As many of you know, I love being myself here and there and everywhere. And I think some of you can verify the following statement:
You don’t meet me in real life and go, ‘Whoah! I did not see that coming!’ I’m basically the same online as I am in person (just bodaciously three dimensional).
Why? Why not?
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